Re: The 1-page Resume

Subject: Re: The 1-page Resume
From: Fabien Vais <phantoms -at- ACCENT -dot- NET>
Date: Thu, 20 Feb 1997 09:14:10 -0500

I fully agree with Dan Wise, when he says that there is nothing wrong with a
GOOD 2-3 page resume. Mine used to be 5 pages long. I finally reduced it to
3 pages, but there is no way I can reduce it any more than that. And believe
me, I have often been complimented for my resume. Not one person has ever
told me it was too long. I think if you have enough valid information to
fill 3 pages, why not? It is ludicrous to cram your career(s) into one page
just because it's supposed to be "standard"!

But spend some time making your resume a spectacular one. Check every detail
thouroughly (including fonts, spacing, tabs, bullet size, line spacing, the
"attention grabber" on the first page, the order of presentation of the
information, etc.). And review it once in a while.

Finally, don't feel badly about sending your resume by e-mail. I have often
given the choice to whoever I wanted to send it to (snail mail or e-mail).
Inevitably, they have chosen e-mail because of its expediency. I told them
it wouldn't "look" as nice, but they didn't care. What they wanted was the
information.

Fabien

At 12:54 AM 2/20/97 -0600, you wrote:
>Colleagues,
>
>How do you summarize 30-40 years of experience in six different industries,
>doing a wide variety of different kinds of publications, using different
>production equipment/methods, and including supervisory and managerial
>experience, in one page and also have room for academics, honors, awards,
>achievements, and publications, let alone statement of a goal? Bulleted
>lists take up too much space.
>
>I sometimes think the resume gurus believe everyone has one degree, 5 years
>experience, and has changed employers only once. Then you have half a page
>to list the 76 pieces of software you have mastered.
>
>I have heard horror stories concerning multi-page resumes and I have
>received some that were up to 10 pages long <gasp> from academics. But I
>have also found that 2-3 pages, if done well, putting the important stuff on
>page 1, will get read. The trick is to put a great "grabber" at the
>beginning to pull the reader into the rest of the material. And I don't
>mean the grabber should be cutesy or dramatic, just an appropriate lead-in
>to the job being applied for.
>
>Dan Wise
>dewise -at- ix -dot- netcom -dot- com
>
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